On the face of it, the new trailer for Tom Cruise’s 2017 reboot of The Mummy appears straightforward enough but there might be more to it than meets the eye.
The new trailer seemingly introduces audiences to the film’s big bad, the mummified Princess Ahmanet, played by Sofia Boutella.
An official synopsis for the film reads:
“Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.”
However, there’s something rather unique about this trailer and film which makes it a very different proposition to much of Cruise’s work to date – save for Edge of Tomorrow – he dies.
But things get weirder from there, because all of a sudden Cruise’s Jack Morton wakes up alive and well in the morgue.
Or that’s what he thinks.
In the trailer, Russell Crowe’s Dr Jekyll is seen explaining, in as eerie a way as possible, why Cruise’s character is alive.
The exchange runs as follows:
Crowe: “You are alive because you were chosen”
Cruise: “By what?”
Crowe: “Evil. The ultimate evil.”
Could Cruise therefore have been resurrected as some sort of modern day mummy himself? There’s plenty of evidence to suggest so.
For starters, it’s worth remembering that The Mummy is supposedly the first chapter in Universal’s planned attempt at creating a Marvel-style universe with all of its classic characters, including the Mummy.
With Crowe as Jekyll & Hyde and reports suggesting Frankenstein’s Monster and the Invisible Man will be played by Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp respectively, it would add up that Cruise steps into the role of the Mummy.
Then there’s his characters name: Jack Morton. It contains the name death and could be a not-so-subtle clue to where his character may yet end up.
Cruise doesn’t surprise much at the multiplex these days but The Mummy could be about to change that.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.